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I wanted to share some information about Aspiration’s first-ever California Nonprofit Tech Festival in Fresno, California. It promises to be thought provoking as well as practical.
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The conference is geared toward people working in nonprofits or community-based organizations interested in learning about using technology for social change, regardless of the size of the organization. There will be sessions on policy, process, and the use of technology to help organizations fulfill their mission. While it is not a programmer focused conference, there will be some hands-on tech topics.

As with all Aspiration events, the sessions will be very participatory; attendees will be engaged in agenda setting and the sessions will be dynamic. PPT is discouraged!

The decision to hold the first conference in Fresno was a deliberate one. Aspiration chose Fresno in order to draw attention to the vibrant tech community emerging in the central valley. The conference will showcase innovative projects from the region.  Among the participants will be an advocacy organization that is using text messaging to communicate with farmers in the field and an arts organization securing grants through online fundraising.

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The registration fee has been kept at a very reasonable rate to make it affordable and there are also scholarships available.

Aspiration is still seeking agenda ideas. Feel free to send your ideas here: catechfest@aspirationtech.org. There will also be opportunities to build the agenda during the event.

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Pinning History

August 24th, 2012 | Posted by Rosalie in Archives | Libraries | Museums - (0 Comments)

Historypin map of San Francisco, with an image from 1943 of a street in my Potrero Hill neighborhood.

I recently met with Jon Voss from Historypin. If you don’t know about Historypin, I highly recommend checking it out. It allows users to ‘pin’ (upload) images and easily geo-locate them on a map. It is truly an impressive service on so many levels.

On the geeky librarian metadata level, Jon is working with libraries, archives, and museums to spread the word about linked open data and exploring the vast possibilities it offers. Worth watching out for is the upcoming International Linked Open Data in Libraries Archives and Museums Summit 2013, to be announced soon.

On the historical level, it is amazing to so easily connect the past with the present — going from historical images to current day Google street view.

And, on the community level, I particularly love Historypin’s inter-generational project, “My Grandparents are Better than Yours“. It’s really great to see how they build a sense of community around projects.